Importance Of A Mentor
There are many ways a mentor could help you succeed or improve in life. A mentor is a guiding figure, to help you progress in your personal path of life. You may have never thought about acquiring one but I will try to explain why it is a very important figure to be by your side, when trying to achieve goals.
A mentor is a person that has some sort of experience in a field that you are interested in. Say you want to become a professional swimmer or boxer, you will most likely find a mentor to coach you that has taken part in the olympics or other professional swimming/boxing competitions.
The experienced person you choose as your mentor, should also be an advisor and a trustworthy figure.
A lot of times you need to be able to talk to that person on a human level and not just as a business partner or trainer.
Your mentor is most likely going to be someone to look up to as well. Someone that’s been in your footsteps and has grown to be the man/woman you want to become. That’s why a mentor is so valuable and why you should seek one.
You might be wondering how to find a business mentor for your personal business. It’s often much easier than you might imagine…
How They Can Help And Why You Should Ask For It
I found my mentor by doing hours of research on how to get into affiliate marketing. I didn’t want to jump into the market without anyone guiding me through it.
So before I stumbled across Wealthy Affiliate, which by the way is filled with mentors, I did my own research on which study material and processes to go through to be successful in this business.
Soon enough I fell on a website very similar to mine, and what I did next was simply contact the person and ask for advice. I still stay in touch with him now and he occasionally asks me how my progress is coming along.
When I struggle, I always ask him, or other people in the community of Wealthy Affiliate that have years of experience, for advice and I always come out with a positive attitude and an answer.
Therefor I encourage you to find like-minded people and form a relationship. I’ve often said it’s easier to succeed with people that have the same goals as you. You can share ideas, interact and help each other out.
Because you are like minded, you will form a bond and friendship, which automatically makes you want to help each other out.
Don’t listen to those that tell you your ideas are stupid. It will demotivate you, put you down and kill your dreams.
Especially in hard times it is important to hang out with like minded people. Those that succeeded already will tell you how they’ve been in your position before and how they managed to get out of that dark mindset.
Show them where you struggle, ask them for advice and how they beat through it. I can assure you that most success stories were denied or struggled several times before they became successful.
You can achieve the same if you constantly get back up and it is a lot easier getting back up when someone reaches out and gives you a hand in it. Find out where they failed and avoid their mistakes.
You can obviously be innovative and create new things but don’t try to be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs if you don’t have a revolutionary idea. If your goal is similar to mine and you simply want to break free from the 9-5 life style, follow proven routes and branch out from there.
Find one solid idea you want to pursue and stick with it. Contact those who make a killing in that idea. Ask them everything you possibly can, take notes and follow their advice.
Don’t try to find shortcuts either. You might be lucky and manage to repeat the success faster with other incentives you try, but chances are you’re more likely going to fail by doing so.
Asking your mentor what advice he could give and how he made it, will already be a short cut.
Find out a structure as well. Don’t try to pick your mentors brain and jumble all the ideas together in one go. For example, in the community of Wealthy Affiliate, there are 2 courses you can take, each of which has several lessons and take months to complete.
If you try to skip these lessons, you won’t succeed faster. You can’t assume that speeding a proven process will speed up your success. There is a reason the lessons are laid out the way they are.
It’s because they work best that way.
If you need motivation to succeed, think about the way your mentor is currently living. Look at what he’s achieved and how he’s living the life you would like to have.
Or simply talk to him. Ask him how he managed to overcome negative thoughts.
I like to look at success stories to motivate myself. Looking at other affiliate earnings, like these ones here, gives me a massive boost of energy.
Shut Up And Listen
Don’t try to impress your mentor by the things you’ve done. Clearly you need to be impressing him or her by showing interest and possibly add some sort of value you could provide him with. Share your goals and what you want to achieve.
He will surely help you out then, because now he wants you to succeed for both your benefits.
Mentors don’t want to waste their time with people that come and go. They don’t want to waste their energy with someone that’s going to make false promises and turns out to leave when it gets hard.
build a strong relationship and show why you could add value to their business. As I mentioned earlier, try to pick their brain. Show interest in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.
This is the way to gain your mentors trust and find one that will stick by your side until the end.
Who knows, maybe you will end up building a business together. Everything is possible.
Be ready for failure and show them that you are resilient. The average millionaire goes bankrupt more than once in their lifetime. This is why you have to be prepared to take risks and that is what mentors like to see.
Determined people willing to go the extra mile.
If you think about it this way, having a reliable source to give you guidance will be so much easier than doing everything on your own. Prove yourself and your mentor you are built to last, and they will help you.
Don’t expect the work to run smoothly from day one. Success is a roller coaster and you have to ride it until the end!
Feel free to leave behind comments and thoughts. Have you found a mentor yet or have you achieved success alone?
How are you planning to find your mentor?
Thanks for reading,